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HAZAK: Introducing the Capital Jewish Museum

HAZAK: Introducing the Capital Jewish Museum

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker
  • Audience: Adults Only
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Required
  • Topic: Education, Just for Fun, Social Justice, Social Outreach

with Kara Blond
Thursday, January 9
12:00–2:00 PM

Kara will introduce plans for the Capital Jewish Museum, a new museum and cultural center in development downtown just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. With Washington’s first synagogue as its centerpiece, the Capital Jewish Museum will inspire audiences to connect, reflect and act: connect across families and diverse communities, reflect on the relevance of history to today, and act on behalf of their values and community. The museum will have an unconventional, experimental spirit—engaging visitors through immersive storytelling, dynamic programs, and hand-on interactive experiences that explore the city’s story through a Jewish lens. As a forum for storytelling, conversation and civil discourse, the museum will serve as an “in-between space” for Jewish and interfaith families, many unaffiliated with synagogues, to connect with Jewish life and culture.

KARA BLOND, the new Executive Director of the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, has nearly 15 years of experience managing complex, transformational exhibitions at major national institutions. At the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she most recently served as Director of Exhibitions, Kara was responsible for overseeing design and development of experiences across 350,000 square feet of public space. She oversaw more than 30 exhibitions, including the redesign of the National Fossil Hall and the broader Deep Time Initiative. Kara previously worked at the National Zoo, where she helped develop the Asia Trail. Her work has been recognized with both national and Smithsonian-wide awards.

Kara holds a Master of Arts in Education in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude. Kara is a native of the Washington, DC area with deep roots in the Jewish community.

Organized by: Rachel Levine-Hyman

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